An important connection to make on Veterans Day

Today we salute all Americans who served our country in the armed forces. As overseas deployments (we hope) decrease in the coming years and more of today’s troops become veterans of the military, seeing that they have the attention, care and opportunities they have earned through their service will be one of the most important challenges America faces both morally and economically.

To that end, I’d like to remind everyone about the work of the Georgia Warrior Alliance. The alliance seeks to help both active-duty soldiers and veterans navigate the web of help available to them and to make sure they have the training they need to find a place in a tough job market. I’ve written before that this is both an obligation and an opportunity for Georgia, with our large active-duty and veteran populations, and our vast and diverse resources in the some of the very fields that would benefit them and could help our state develop in the future.

If you or someone you know is a veteran or active-duty solider in need of help readjusting to society, please take some time today to direct them to the resources available through the Georgia Warrior Alliance.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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26 comments Add your comment

JamVet

November 12th, 2012
10:56 am

Right on, Kyle!

There are lots of great veterans groups out there.

Pick one and help the vets and their families!

Road Scholar

November 12th, 2012
10:58 am

Good column Kyle. On TV this AM a reporter stated that his church recognized veterans and had them stand for applause. His observation was that most were old. W/o the draft, there are much fewer veterans that have experienced the sacrifice that is made when joining the armed forces.

I applaud their sacrifice and their contributions to our country.

They BOTH suck

November 12th, 2012
11:08 am

Kyle

Kudos for this article……….

cc

November 12th, 2012
11:18 am

“this is both an obligation and an opportunity for Georgia”

Indeed it is!

Great column, Kyle, and “Thank you!”

Will

November 12th, 2012
11:30 am

Thanks for the column Kyle. An issue that should receive 100% bipartisan support!

I received my induction notice eight days after graduating college in 1972 (my 1969 lottery number was 49 so it wasn’t like I was surprised but I thought maybe I would get lost in the paperwork somewhere!). A low lottery number in 1969 was a powerful motivator to stay in school and make passing grades. Wish I could say I was “gung ho and ready to go” but, in truth, I was terrified.

I am a proud veteran of the US Army.

Banderson

November 12th, 2012
11:32 am

Good column, good advice.

Del

November 12th, 2012
11:33 am

Good work Kyle…thank you for recognizing Veterans Day and the important connection that can’t be overlooked.

jconservative

November 12th, 2012
12:26 pm

Good move Kyle. Thanks.

Will at 11:30
My story is similar to yours. Except I was before the lottery. I was in the days when the local “draft” board said “we want you!”. I was drafted in 1966 and as a college student was deferred. After college the handwriting was on the wall and I ended up “volunteering” for the draft – that is a self-serving word for “I stopped dodging the draft”. And a huge number of the guys I served with had a very similar story.

I have said daily since the day I was released from active duty that serving my country was one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. The Army was where this undisciplined boy became a disciplined man.

Dusty

November 12th, 2012
12:41 pm

Yes, good to hear appreciation for the sacrifices made for our country by veterans. I admit, I have hugged them many times!!

Yep, my father, husband and son, all veterans. My love and appreciation for them keeps going and for all who have stood and fought to keep out country free. May we never forget. .

Thomas Heyward Jr

November 12th, 2012
12:57 pm

I voted for Ron Paul in 2012.
That helped more than all other “vast and diverse resources” directed by the state……..combined.
.
And most veterans would agree.

MrLiberty

November 12th, 2012
1:03 pm

Here’s an even better idea. How about we give up the notion of an American Empire that needs to stick its nose into every country’s business and bring all of our troops home to actually defend america rather than the financial interests of the military/industrial complex, the oil industry, and the political interests of the state of Israel? We are all truly saddened by the sight of disabled veterans or flag-covered coffins, but it is our unquestioning obedience to the political motivations of our presidents who disobey the constitution’s requirements for congressional approval of war, create perceptions of conflicts where none exist, and fabricate evidence to justify invasions, all to line the pockets of their well-connected friends in the arms industry. Worse, even once the deceptions are discovered, americans blindly support the specious argument that we must continue to throw more american lives away lest those who have died will have died in vain. What kind of insanity is that, and what kind of illogical mind does it take to find agreement with such nonsense?

Until america wakes up and realizes what the great Marine Corps General Smedly Butler realized a long time ago that “War is a Racket”, the piles of bodies and the lists of broken human beings will continue to grow and grow while the profits of the warmongers grow along side them.

Honor veterans appropriately today – reconsider your blind support of war and the presidents who promote them.

obozo

November 12th, 2012
1:05 pm

Very good, Kyle, these troops fight hard for me everyday and without my support.

sieg heil!

allah akbar!

Kyle Wingfield

November 12th, 2012
1:08 pm

Thomas @ 12:57: Who said anything about “directed by the state”?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 12th, 2012
1:13 pm

Well, there will always be some people who can’t appreciate the sacrifices others have made so that they can continue to spew their political garbage without fear of reprisal.

A sincere thank you to all those who serve(d) our nation in war and peace, especially my brethren in the United States Air Force. Aim High!

Alter Ego

November 12th, 2012
1:16 pm

Nice job Kyle. Thank you.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 12th, 2012
1:41 pm

Your inability to understand the English language is noted, John Q.

As is your churlishness.

Hillbilly D

November 12th, 2012
2:01 pm

Along with everyone else, I’d like to honor our veterans. Some of them were probably conservatives, some probably liberals, some probably centrists, and probably a great many of them were apolitical but they all did their jobs; and most made it home but a whole lot of them didn’t.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 12th, 2012
2:10 pm

I didn’t think it was necessary to point out that a thread regarding veterans isn’t one to air petty laundry, John Q, but apparently it is necessary in your case.

JamVet

November 12th, 2012
2:18 pm

…especially my brethren in the United States Air Force. Aim High!

Agreed, Tiberius!

And as former brothers in arms, today we bury our blogging swords!

To pick them up again tomorrow! (grin!)

We all had to learn this in basic training:

“Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ‘em boys, Give ‘er the gun! (Give ‘er the gun!!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!”

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 12th, 2012
2:20 pm

Nothing like 50 guys in a training flight that couldn’t carry a tune trying to get that one down pat, AmVet! :D

JamVet

November 12th, 2012
2:34 pm

Did you see this one, Tibs?

(Brings back some awful sonic memories!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoDymk0uGL0

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 12th, 2012
2:37 pm

Holy CRAP!

Gotta be a bunch of Zoomies, AmVet.

Not even enlisteds are THAT horrible! ;)

cc

November 12th, 2012
2:47 pm

Here’s to you, Chesty, wherever you are!

cc

November 12th, 2012
2:52 pm

JamVet@2:34 pm:

We can only pray that they can do their job better than they can sing!

independent thinker

November 12th, 2012
9:51 pm

Right on Kyle. Glad to see one of the cons remembers our veterans and does not trash them as part of the 47%

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

November 14th, 2012
10:40 am

No “con” ever spit on returning troops, or called them “baby killers”, or rooted for them to lose in Iraq.

Look inward, independent thinker. Perhaps you’re engaging in a bit of psychological projection.